Book hauls, Sunday post

July Stats Fever! And Sunday post #17

You know what! It’s the end of the month already! Has anyone been informed? Does everyone already know???

I mean… Maybe they sent the memo and I wasn’t there…

This month just caught up with me. I was not informed! But despite that, I finished 11 books and caught up with my yearly challenge! Just barely. (And we won’t mention that 3 of those are picture books which barely count like reading, it’s more like riffling through…. *shhh* Don’t tell anyone.)

I’ll be linking up with the usual crew at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday post, but this time I’m also trying something new as I’m linking up with Stacking the Shelves at Tynga’s Reviews! I will also be linking up with Book Date for It’s Monday! What are you reading? and Mailbox Monday once it becomes available.

~ Books Read ~

Omnia Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) Kat and Meg Conquer the World Red Rising (Red Rising #1)

I’m not showcasing the picture books, but you can see them among my posts this month. Other than those, I started the month off beautifully with Omnia – a wonderful middle grade book (I still say it’s perfect for adults too), written in a really flowing way, with a lot of adventure and loads of imagination. One of my middle grade favorites this year! I also finished Gemina, need I tell you more about it? (#feels) Kat and Meg Conquer the World is an ARC I read way too early, as it releases only in November, but it was a lovely diverse YA book about characters with severe anxiety and ADHD. Red Rising was my buddy read with Marta @ The Somewhere Library, and it blew my mind! You can read my review here. I recommend Red Rising to everyone, unless you’re really squeamish.

The Gargoyle After Many Years I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou's Autobiography #1) Where Is God When It Hurts?

This month I also read something amazing completely accidentally. Mom brought The Gargoyle back from the library, and it turned out to be on my Goodreads TBR! I’ve forgotten the feeling of an accidental beautiful find, but this is exactly what this book was. Poetic, mesmerizing, full of feeling and beautifully writter – review is forthcoming. I am still in awe by The Gargoyle. There were a few more reads this month, but they pale in comparison. After Many Years is a complication of lost and found short stories by L.M. Mongomery, and although it was interesting seeing the other side of the author of Anne, they weren’t particularly magical. I also read Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, but I’m sad to say I struggled to finish it. I also read Where Is God When It Hurts, as I was struggling with my own chronic pain, and spotted this in the library. It’s worth a read if you have to deal with physical pain in your life, and although it’s Christian philosophy, you can read even if you’re not (I don’t consider myself Christian or religious.)

~ The Stats! ~

So yay, my Goodreads goal looks good! I also (accidentally) kicked it with the Mount TBR goal, but… The Blogger Shame could be doing better? It doesn’t help that I keep getting new ARCs and they become 4 months old and make my goal bigger xD

~ On The Blog In July ~

I’ve posted 16 times in July! Woohoo, this is probably my busiest month on the blog! Here’s what I posted in case you missed it (excluding Sunday posts):

This One May Be A Winner After All   What Happens To A Pacifist When He Has To Fight For His Family?

A Tour Of The Past With Schiffer Books   Anne of Green Gables v2.0: Slow Start, Good Delivery

Discussion: Crave Book + Buy Book = Put It Away?   Why Marta Thinks I Should Read Red Rising

Red Rising Simply BLEW MY MIND!   A Life Can Be Lived 4..3..2..1 Literary Ways?

What Are Some Of The Biggest Books I've Read?   Things To Do When You're Goth In The Country

~ Book Haul July ~

I know it sounds like it’s jinxed or something, but I’ve also acquired 16 books (I’m only showcasing 15 though, cause one of them is not even on Goodreads o.o) Yes, yes, I know – reading 11 and getting 16 is not going to make my TBR get smaller. But hey, at least I didn’t get 20 like I usually do, right? I’ve also been feeling jaded of the ARCs, which is a good thing, cause maybe I’ll request less. (One can hope?..)

Books I Bought

The Long Way Down (Daniel Faust #1) Practical Magic (Practical Magic #1) Kindred

The Long Way Down has been on my wishlist for a while since a friend recommended, Practical Magic I need to read because I got the ARC for The Rules of Magic, and Kindred is something I grabbed after I read a review on Grab The Lapels.

Books I Got For Review

The Worrier's Guide to the End of the World: Surviving a So-Called Spiritual Journey through India, Italy, and Beyond The Punch Escrow The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic 0.5) The Memory Tree

Out of these, I think I’m most excited about The Rules of Magic, The Growing Season and Endurance. It’s obvious about The Rules of Magic, because it’s Alice Hoffman we’re talking about. As for The Growing Season, I’ve read something else by Helen Sedgwick before and truly loved it. And Endurance is simply a treat for anyone who is interested in space – it’s a real-life tale about living for a year in space! Come on, doesn’t that excite you?!

I’m currently reading They Both Die At The End and it’s murdering my #feels (seriously, if you’re struggling with moods, this book is NOT FOR YOU.) I’m also reading The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice, which is an absolutely adorable book about a prankster angel who does a body swap on a middle age suicidal lady and a superstar. It’s wonderful.

I think that’s about it for my monthly wrap-up! What about you? Did you haul or read anything awesome this month? Share with me in the comments! And link drop all you want!

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3 years ago

Yeah I clearly wasn’t informed, because I wouldn’t have approved it. But clearly someone did, so…

11 books! That’s great. And Gemina is one of my favorites of the year so far, I loved that book. I just read a really good review the other day for The Punch Escrow too, first I’d seen it. Hope you like it!

3 years ago

I wouldn’t have approved either! How is it almost August? Seriously…

Haha I don’t even want to talk about my yearly challenge. Glad you liked Red Rising! Gemina sounds like something I should try!

3 years ago

I have heard Silvera’s books are on the sadder side. I let one of my co-bloggers take my More Happy Than Not, because me and sad books is never a good thing. I have such fond memories of Gemina, because I read it last year and need Obsidio now! Glad to hear Kat and Meg was good. I have been reading a ton of good anxiety books, and am looking forward to this one. And yeah! Glad you are back on track with your challenge.

Nikki @ The Bibliophibian

Yeah, who said it could be the end of the month already?! Time is flying.

I need to read Red Rising sometime. I know the library has a copy, but everytime I go lately it’s out. Grr!

Maureen Bakker
3 years ago

Pff.. Tell me about it!! Time is going by way to fast. It’s crazy really, it feels like it was just the end on June!
You’ve had a good month so it seems! 😉 Awesome! 11 books is definitely great!
Have a great week and happy reading!

Jennifer | Book Den
3 years ago

Woohoo! Great job catching up to your goal. 🙂 I’ve heard great things about Punch Escrow.

3 years ago

I wasn’t informed either… something should be done about it – the year seems to be sliding about far too fast. You certainly had a great month with reading and reviewing. I’m totally with you regarding Red Rising – have you read Golden Son yet? Hope you have an equally good August – I love the look of The Rules of Magic. My Sunday Post –

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

July really went by quickly! I really should start working on lesson plans for the fall, but I don’t feel like it. Like, at all!
I love your infographs, Evelina, very nicely done 🙂 and it’s nice to be somewhat on track with some challenges, right? My worst challenge is the Blogger shame as well *sighs*. ARCs are just irresistible, you know?
Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.

Kristin @ Addicted to HEA

Freakin’ A… It is NOT August yet!!! Where did you hear a nasty rumor like that??? I’m not ready!!!!!!!!! Don’t believe everything you read!!! 🙂 Too funny!!! Where did our summer go????!!!!

Awesome stats!!! I wish I had the patience to do stats like you!!!! Someday… Goodreads is always my best challenge and you’re doing great!! Awesome post!!!

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

I know, right? Someone messed with the calendar, I’m sure! In August, I’m supposed to go to the beach…but there are too many obstacles to that path this year. You have a lot of tempting books, and that should help. I also have The Rules of Magic. I whittled my NetGalley ARCs down to five remaining, with release dates of 8/22, 9/12, 9/26, 10/3 and 10/10. Almost manageable now! My Purchased Books…finished so far this year, 64. But I still have some purchased that I haven’t read yet…more than I should. Compulsive Book Buying Disorder. LOL. Enjoy your week, and… Read more »

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

Thanks, Evelina, and I just have such a fear of not meeting deadlines, that I refuse to request more than ten, and try to keep it down to seven or eight, spread out over the months. But sometimes they clump together!

3 years ago

Oh I read the Maya Angelou book of poetry when I was in college. She is such an amazing woman. Enjoy all your books and I hope August is great!

3 years ago

The month went really fast. Totally agree about that. You have a nice list of books. Enjoy and have a great week!

Savanah | Off-Color Literature

I can’t believe how far we are into this year either!! I had no idea August was days away. I don’t even know my own name half the time, seems like.

Good job on your goals!

3 years ago

I’m not sure where July went either. My kids start school in 2 weeks. We haven’t even started school shopping yet. Ugh. Enjoy the new books you picked up this week and happy reading. 🙂

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Marta Pascual Pérez
3 years ago

Wow! You read a lot this month!! I´m knowin the middle of Illuminae, liking it so far, very much looking forward to read Gemina as you recomended and as I keep seeing you talking about this series.
As for the Book Haul part, you got 16 but only read 11, ok yout TBR is not getting any smaller but, you cannot go against the amazing feeling of a new book #bookwormproblems.

3 years ago

I love Alice Hoffman and Practical Magic is a favourite of mine.

My month went well. I’m meant to be om a book buying ban and I bought 4 books todau!

3 years ago

Sure! The ban was until end of August though. But I don’t care.

3 years ago

Ooo I’ve read Practical Magic– one day I was wondering aimlessly through my local library and was seduced by the blue cover. It wasn’t my cup of tea– it wasn’t bad, I think it was too character-driven for my taste. I’m interested to hear your thoughts!
Also I /love/ your stats info-bar graph thing!

3 years ago

Ooh! I love your bar charts! Working out booky stats is nearly as much fun as reading… 🙂

Alyssa Susanna (The Eater of Books!)

I honestly can’t believe July is almost over. Wasn’t it just winter? Summer always disappears in the blink of an eye here (Maryland), but winter lasts so long. And yet, we experience all four seasons and they last an equal amount of months during the year. O_O It looks like you had a great month in reading! I loved Gemina, and Red Rising. I read the sequel but I’ve still not read the conclusion. Someday!

I hope you have a great month to come! Have a lovely week. =)

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

3 years ago

I love all of your stats! It sounds like you had a fantastic month. 🙂 The Gargoyle looks like such an awesome find and all of the books you acquired do too! Hope you enjoy!

3 years ago

I clicked through on “The Gargoyle” and it sounds amazing! Added it to my TBR and looking forward to your review 🙂

3 years ago

The Punch Escrow will be arriving here tomorrow in the mail. I’m pretty sure it’ll be right up my alley.

Paul Liadis
3 years ago

Hmm. That is an interesting idea. Would get my butt in gear to read it faster than my usual slow pace 🙂

Paul Liadis
3 years ago

I’m in. Where do I sign? 🙂

3 years ago

Great post! 🙂

Check out my Sunday Post at El’s Book Reviews!

Hope you have a great day!

– El @ El’s Book Reviews

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3 years ago

Oh I need to check out your books. I haven’t read any of these. Just in case I need a little bit variety and want something other than romance.
Anyway, enjoy your new books. Happy reading and have a wonderful week.

Sarah @ PussReboots
3 years ago

Ditch the blogger shame goal. Don’t make blogging work, unless you’re being paid for it and it actually is work.

The old place is nearly ready. Meanwhile, we’re happily settled in our temporary apartment. Come see what I’m reading

Kathryn Trask
3 years ago

Thanks for weighing in on the time for Lithuania – have added it to my post! Interesting about the short stories of Montgomery, I did request one from NG – might have been that one, but couldn’t download it to my Kindle so maybe a lucky save. I’ll keep going though with my reads of the Anne series then I have some others of hers I plan to read.

bermudaonion (Kathy)
3 years ago

Wow, you got a lot of great looking books. I’ve heard Kindred is fantastic!

Laura @ Library of Clean Reads

HI Evelina! What a lovely blog you have. I loved the summary of your stats. I picked up Gargoyle at a used book sale and have been wanting to read it. Your comments on it just reinforces that. I heard Kindred is very good. Hope you love all your new books. Thanks for visiting my blog!

3 years ago

I finished A Million Junes this morning and adored it, and also really appreciated Dramatically Ever After this month. I surpassed my goodreads goal of 125 books as well, because I don’t have school. I also finished the first draft of a novel, so that was sort of exciting. It sounds like you had a great reading month. Thanks for sharing!

carol @ Carol's Notebook

Enjoy all your books! I may have read a couple picture books too – I am so behind on my goodreads yearly goal.

3 years ago

I’m much more of a spring and autumn girl myself, so July and August are generally speaking my least favourite months anyway, but I do know what you mean about the time flying by. No sooner do the schools break up for the summer holidays, than the shops start to stock their autumn and winter ranges and all the Christmas merchandise starts to make an appearance!! You have a had a great month, despite adding more books than you read, bacause we all do that, don’t we? It goes without saying 🙂 I quite like the sound of ‘They Both… Read more »

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

Looks like you have had an amazing July. You got a lot of books read. I really enjoyed The Gargoyle and Red Rising myself and hope to read Gemina soon. Congrats for doing well with your challenges! Have a great week!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I remember enjoying the book but not a lot of details. I read it back when it was first published but I remember having a hard time setting the book down.

3 years ago

Hello Evelina – So glad to meet you through MM link up. This is a great monthly review.
Many of your titles are new to me and I will look into The Gargoyle and Endurance especially.
I have Red Rising on my audio TBR and “R” for Alphabet. Sounds like I need to get to it soon.
Good job on your GR and TBR goals. I’m not sure what the Shame one is but sharing reading and reviews, a couple or many, should never lead to shame. IMHO. 🙂
I hope you have a great week filled with Happy Reading!

Jackie B.
3 years ago

I have no idea how you keep up with all this! You just blow me away. You’re doing a great job overall– don’t lose sight of that. And picture books should totally count. Someone spent a lot of time, love and energy writing that book– and I’m sure it is awesome. Perhaps you could do a post of mini-picture book reviews? That would be cool. I’m also blown away with all your posts! I try to aim for 8 posts a month and I rarely make it. 16?! Great job!! No wonder I can’t keep up with your blog. 😀… Read more »

Jackie B.
3 years ago

(Ah, yet another post I responded to and my comment vanished. Go figure)

Well. Yes. I read quite a bit. I just don’t write reviews for those books! XD XD XD Ooooooops. And you *totally* work full time. You just don’t have a commute. 35 hours or more = full time. So there. 😉

You are amazing and a rockstar. Don’t ever let yourself think otherwise.

Elizabeth (Silver's Reviews)

Finishing eleven books is pretty impressive.

I read The Gargoyle a long time ago…enjoy!!

Have a great week, and enjoy your books and reading.

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Di @ Book Reviews by Di

Wow! Well done! I need to read some novellas to catch up on my stats. I am never going to be able to do it otherwise!

I want to read Illuminae AND Red Rising soon but my reading schedule is tight this year! Eek.

I also seem to be getting in more than I’m reading at the moment. Oops. I have to stop that!

I loved the movie Practical Magic! I had no idea it was a book too! #clueless

Hope you have a wonderful August!

Jackie B.
3 years ago

*sheepish smile* Oy. Of course I missed that post. I’ll be back to see it! It’s so hard to keep up– you are quite prolific. 😀 But I adore it when I do manage to get to your posts. I didn’t realize you didn’t work full-time! And the lack of commute would certainly hurt my book reading. I listen to a ton of audiobooks during my commute. I also am SUPER behind on writing reviews. Like… we’re talking 30+ books behind. O_o But, as I mentioned elsewhere, that’s a product of always being behind in my reading. So, something has… Read more »

Jackie B.
3 years ago

Pft. That’s still working full-time! The meaning of the workday is changing in our world. It’s totally cool to work from home and take calls in your PJs and decide to work for two hours, take a two-hour blog break, and then work for the rest of your daily hours. I wish I had that sort of flexibility! I could use a daily break between 2:30-4 to blog. Seriously. My work-focused brain shuts down then, I swear. Then I get a boost around 4:30pm! It’s weird. Yeah. 30. It’s a nightmare inducing thing. I’m taking Friday off so I can… Read more »

3 years ago

Shhh, I always count the books I read with my daughter. 🙂

3 years ago

They say reading to animals has a healing quality!

K. Elizabeth
K. Elizabeth
3 years ago

I have so many ARCs/review copies that have come in the mail recently. Also, I might have gone a little overboard with checking out books at my local library. Needless to say my August TBR is more than a bit ambitious, but I’m determined to knock out as many books as I can.


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Lashaan Balasingam
3 years ago

Wow, you’re such a fast reader! And you’ve read so many fantastic books too. I have to get around to reading Gemina soon; Illuminae was a fantastic read! 😀 16 new books isn’t so bad. I’m pretty sure we’ve all done worse and that we’ve all NEVER been able to fix that TBR:READ ratio hahahah I don’t really recognize any of those books you’ve got for review, but I do see and recognize Adam Silvera. He seems to always write books that destroy people emotionally! Happy reading, Evelina! 😀